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HIS Time To Shine: Rose Grabs The Memorial Spotlight

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While much of the golf world was busy anointing Rickie Fowler the 2010 Memorial Champion after running in front for three rounds, the rest of the PGA Tour was mounting up to prove to everybody that PGA Tour events are 72 holes in length.

The players were well aware of that and Fowler set out on Sunday to get his first PGA Tour win, only by the time the day was over it was another youthful star that was stepping to the podium on the PGA Tour for the very first time.

In gusty conditions, on an impeccably prepared Muirfield Village golf course, Englishman Justin Rose tallied a magnificent 66 on Sunday to get a much coveted initial PGA Tour win. He had been the co-leader with Rickie Fowler after round one when they both shot 65. 

Rose, who last won in 2007 at the European Tour’s Volvo Masters, has said he did not try and distinguish between wins anywhere in the world but admits it is a big relief to finally win in the United States, and specifically at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament. “I couldn’t think of a better place to win my first tournament. It’s a great day.”

Rose had had a number of top five finishes at The Memorial through the years and says he has always felt relaxed at the venue. “I have good feelings about this tournament every time I come here, second, fourth in the past. And something about the place that just — that I feel very comfortable. There is a horses for courses mentality too.”

No less than Jack Nicklaus himself related how he had told Rose a couple years ago that the South African born phenom who tuned pro at 17 would eventually win at Muirfield Village. “I’ve always thought Justin to be a really good player. Today — and I saw it all week. It really showed very, very well.” “His swing this week, I just thought was fantastic. And he putted well, too,” added the 18-time professional major winner at the closing press conference. 

Rose, 29, was almost taken back when he was asked about the recent run of “Young Guns” – 20 something’s winning on tour and how he had extended the dominance. “I have always been described as young and a young gun and this and that, but I’m now getting to the point where I’m certainly not. Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, these guys are the true young guns out here. I think golf’s in great hands with those — with more than those two, but those two especially.”

Despite not having the final outcome he was hoping for Rickie Fowler was pretty impressive in handling the defeat and he earned a lot of respect from many as he held himself together enough to take 2nd place. His final round 73 has a sloppy three over par stretch on holes 10-12 but he righted his Orange-clad ship with a couple birdies in the middle of the closing nine. It was too late however, as Rose was charging to the victory and leaving Rickie in his wake by then.

Said Fowler, “It was an awesome week. Obviously not the round that I wanted today. Didn’t hit as many greens as I would like to, but we had a lot of fun. Justin put up a great round today, so got to give it up to him. And look forward to hopefully being in contention a little bit more often. Coming from Phoenix and feeling the nerves that I did there and playing this week, I felt really comfortable out there. I can just imagine the next time, being in contention; I’ll feel that much more comfortable.”

With his win Rose moves into the running to make the European Ryder Cup Team, a huge goal for him this year.

Of course he won’t have a lot of time to think about it until Tuesday, on Monday he will join a number of other PGA Tour pros, including Rickie Fowler, in a 36-hole U.S. Open Qualifier in the Columbus area.

With the form they showed this week, and if they still have enough energy, to see them both play their way through to Pebble Beach. 

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

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Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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Tiger Woods shoots an opening-round 72 (1-over) at the 2018 Genesis Open

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After hitting just 17 fairways all week at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T23, Tiger Woods switched driver shafts and added 0.75 degrees of loft in his TaylorMade M3 driver ahead of the 2018 Genesis Open this week. He went from using a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft, to a Matrix TP6HDe shaft — he used a TP7HDe shaft back in 2015.

So how did the switch work out for him at Riviera CC on Thursday?

Well, he hit driver 9 times during his round of 72 strokes; four went right — one of which got lost in a tree and he had to re-tee — one went left, and four found the fairway. He hit 8-of-14 fairways in total; no Fred Funk, but an improvement. Woods’ bigger issue on Thursday, actually, was that he hit only 7 greens in regulation, leaving himself a few tricky up-and-downs. Despite hitting only 38 percent of greens, Woods managed to make 5 birdies, and he continues displaying prowess on the greens (1.784 Strokes Gained Putting, and 82 feet worth of putts made).

He also showed some flashes of old Tiger with Arnie-esque follow through.

Of course, that means he missed the fairway way right, and he did go onto bogey the hole, but the shot made for some excitement on golf twitter, at least.

According to @RandallMellGC, Tiger described his round in a post-round interview: “I fought hard. I made a few simple, silly mistakes, bad shots here and there, missed on the wrong side, made a few birdies as well. 1-over’s not bad.”

Yea, that’s about right.

Tiger currently sits at T66, and six shots off the leader. Lots of golf to play, but he’ll likely be contending with the cutline come Friday afternoon. How do you think Tiger will finish this week at the 2018 Genesis Open?

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Custom Camerons, wedge stampings, a 6-hybrid, and Tiger wearing Tennis shoes?

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Yesterday, we brought you shots of Thomas Pieters’ iron stamping, Adam Scott’s new (shorter) wand, and more.

Today, we’ve got some more choice shots from the range at Riviera from Tuesday’s practice. Strap in for a sampling from a cornucopia of WITB shots and a helping of Tiger Woods (who we feature in two galleries). We also discussed his new driver shaft yesterday, so if you missed that piece, check it out.

On to the pictures.

First up, Wesley Bryan looks to be gaming an some Anthony Taranto artistry with his 54-degree Mack Daddy 4 wedge. Do work, indeed!

Ted Potter, Jr. won more than a million dollars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week. But as the check hasn’t come yet, he hasn’t been able to buy Goo Gone to take the tape residue off the bottom of his putter.

A custom Cam for Rafa Cabrera Bello.

…and William McGirt.

#GrindGoals (Luke Donald’s 60-degree Mizuno T7)

Vijay Singh looks to have gotten his foot stuck in a bear trap, and yet he’s still practicing!

The most famous putter in golf, and Nike Vapor Advantage tennis shoes for Tiger?

Apparently, all the weight modification available on PXG 0311 irons was insufficient for Charl Schwartzel.

When your name scripting matches your sponsor’s script…

This is not the WITB of a 20-handicapper, rather Camilo Villegas may be the only Tour pro gaming a 6-hybrid.

So much is going on with Camilo Villegas’ irons…

You’ve seen custom stampings, but how about Bubba Watson’s custom shaft and custom shaft graphic?

When you’re the only PGA Tour professional to own a candy store, your wedge imagery reflects that fact.

The Big Cat browsing GolfWRX on mobile, no doubt…

If you’d like to dig deeper, we have two galleries of range photos from the Riv, plus 13 (!) WITB threads. Dig in!

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